British soldier who saved life of pizza delivery driver being considered for bravery award
By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent
Last Updated: 8:13AM GMT 15 Mar 2009
Sapper Marc Fitzpatrick, 21, was one of five members of 38 Engineer Regiment who were ambushed while waiting for the pizza delivery.
As the gunmen sprayed the area with automatic weapons fire, Spr Fitzpatrick dived into one of the pizza delivery cars and pulled the driver down into the footwell. He almost certainly saved the life of the Polish driver.
Spr Fitzpatrick was shot in the chest, wrist and suffered shrapnel wounds to his skull. He has since undergone a nine hour operation during which surgeons reconstructed his damaged wrist.
Spr Fitzpatrick has also received treatment for a punctured lung.
One of the two pizza delivery men caught up in the ambush revealed last week that he was saved by one of the soldiers who dived upon him. It is understood that soldier was Spr Patrick Azimkar who died.
Spr Fitzpatrick's bravery has not been revealed until now.
A military source said: "Spr Fitzpatrick displayed remarkable courage. His actions saved the life of the delivery driver who was frozen with fear. But while saving the life of the civilian he almost lost his own.
"He is a very brave man and his bravery will be officially acknowledged."